Criterion, this film needs a healthy restoration and blu-ray distribution!!! 'Come And See' is a haunting depiction of the effects of WWII on the Soviet Union, as seen through the eyes of the extremely talented Aleksei Kravchenko, in his tour-de-force performance as Florya, a young boy who has dug up an abandoned rifle on the beaches of his village in order to join the fight. Young Florya is dragged from home...↓
Come and See has got to be the most brutal and most realistic yet disturbing potrayal of war I have ever seen. It's as if Elements Klimov didn't direct a film but shot a live documentation of the events. The film is not your typical war that is antiwar or takes sides and make hero's out of it's characters. It only potrays war as it is and who were the victims,and that itself will leave a lasting impression to you.
how appropriate is the title? taking a line from the book of revelation to hint how close to hell humanity can come when it blindly follows ideologies of mad men. it is a nightmare walk that spares nobody. whirlwind of hate leaving the dead, the maimed and the traumatized behind. by far, one of strongest anti-war movies i have seen.
9 - It's hard to disparage the epithet of "Soviet propaganda" this film is usually saddled with, and while I'm not exactly a fan of the Nazi party, this approach usually turns me off. However, not only does the final scene add nuance to the piece, but the preceding two hours are comprised of what is probably the most beautiful, nightmarish and emotionally exhausting war tale ever filmed. Kravchenko is a revelation.
The most honest war film I have seen, augmented in vigor with fantastic sound mixing and piercing acting from Kravchenko. This subjective plunge into horror and madness through the eyes of a lost and traumatized boy is haunting in its depiction of war in the most direct and at the same time the most distorted, almost hallucinatory perspective.